News - Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The MSJ Mayoral Poll: Jim Strickland has been removed, as he is no longer a candidate. You can revote or change your vote if you like.
New! The Senator Paul Stanley Affair: The chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, Lang Wiseman, is calling for Stanley to resign. More on this in the Daily News, the Flyer, Eyewitness News, WREG; and the Commercial Appeal and again.
Memphis City Schools: They will be splitting about $600,000 in Federal grants for improving poor students’ performance with three other city organisations. A story on the City University School for the Liberal Arts, a charter school with impressive educational and college-prep results.
MATA: Today there will be a public hearing about proposed changes to their handicapped bus service and proposed route changes.
Youth Villages: There is still time to register for their DodgeThis! charity dodgeball tournament.
Federal Stimulus Funds: The Brookings Institution is holding a meeting today about creative use of stimulus money by some of the nation’s cities, including Memphis.
Business: Medtronic has agreed to a $400 million settlement with Abbott Labs; more in the Daily News and the Commercial Appeal. In a rebranding strategy, Closets By Design is now More Than Closets.
FedEx: A judge has blocked the effort to pool together many smaller hourly-wage lawsuits into one class action lawsuit against the company; more in the Commercial Appeal. The EPA has awarded the company as the nation’s top “eco-friendly” printing company.
Delta Air Lines: The company is enhancing its frequent flier rewards for elite travellers.
Tax Holiday: A reminder, TN’s sales tax holiday is August 7 through 9.
NEW! Main Street Journal July Issue: The controversial feature article: Progress & Preservation: Can Memphis afford to look the same? by Michael Roy Hollihan. Also, publisher Jonathan Lindberg looks at Cohen & Herenton, Part 1. Table of Contents for July.
Main Street Journal: On the Block: Today –Outside the usual suspects of politicians, who would you like to see run for Memphis Mayor?. Mid-South leaders respond.
Memphis Redbirds: New general manager Benjamin Weiss could start next week.
City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove: Her fundraiser this past weekend was not authorised to raise money for the Baby Love Program, as she claimed.
Memphis Youth Leadership Program: In its second year, they teach young people the habits, lessons and skills they need for a healthy, productive life.
Our Next Mayor: Fox13’s Les Smith looks at the mayoral campaign of Charles Carpenter.
Non-Profit Agencies: A report by the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence shows Memphis being hit hard by the double-whammy of a poor community and a strong recession.
Politics: The State’s attorney general has ruled that no guns on school grounds trumps gun carry in public parks, for school events. More from Fox13. At the first meeting of the new Bureau of of Ethics and Campaign Finance, in their first action, they raise the salary of the Bureau’s director.
DeSoto County: Public library traffic and usage has gone way up with the recession, but the money to run them is less than before. Thanks to a grant, the Southaven Fire Department is offering free smoke alarms to local homes. Next month, the Olive Branch Police Department is hosting the 5th annual Citizens Police Academy.
Memphis Area Home Builders Association: They are launching a program of mortgage protection insurance for one year to help homeowners keep their new homes.
Commercial Real Estate: Roebuck Auctions is trying to introduce a new term into the Memphis market: “lease for auction”.
Collierville: The Sanitation Department has rewon its City contract by improving effiencience, and beating out a private firm’s offer.
“Cash for Clunkers”: Federal incentive program to encourage buying new, fuel-efficient cars kicked off today.
Financial: All three Longleaf Funds managed by Southeastern Asset Management had strong 2Q performance.
Picture of the Day
|“Buy Back Prosperity With Circulating Dollars.” Depression-era scrip, from radio station WNBR, from Depression Scrip. © 2009.|
Opinion and Blogs
Paul Ryburn’s Journal: A white trash party; pics here and here. Some enticing information about “MATA’s Parkway Express”?
The Gadfly: Thoughts on racism and the “race card”. (via the Memphis Flyer)
A Right Perspective: Nationalised health care should strike fear in our hearts. (via the Commercial Appeal)
LeftWing Cracker: Trouble for Myron Lowery’s campaign?
more mittenz: I think she can be allowed this small brag, right?
Persian Pit Bull: The story of how Tony proposed to her.
Dining With Monkeys: A guest reviewer takes her family down to Paul Deen’s Buffet in Tunica.
ForkBombr: The internet allows you to see inside journalism.
BEEB: Some photos from a wedding she recently worked. She’s having a short story published in a collection.
The Conservative Zone: Mark is about to move into the new house.
bitter/books: He visits the Goodwill Thrift Store on Austin Peay.
Brain Releae Valve: Would you like a free EP?
16 Balls in the Air: Ah, yes. Observant and helpful kids.
Born Again Hippies: A rant about people who drive and use their cell phones. (Picture might be mildly NSFW, due to some language.)
dminmem: An epic tale of replacing their backyard pool and the crappy service they got from Watson’s.
Commontaries: Thoughts on the Professor Gates kerfuffle and race relations.
what would you ax it? Some advice on building a life.